An ancient Tree in Chile could be the world’s oldest tree scientists say!!
An ancient cypress in southern Chile could be more than 5000 years old. This makes this tree the world’s most aged tree, new research finds.
Known as “Great Grandfather”, this endangered tree lies in Alerce Costero National Park in Chile. Scientists estimate their age using computer models based on data gathered from a sample.
“This method tells us that 80 percent of all possible growth computer-based models give us an age of the living tree greater than 5000 years,” says Jonathan Barichvich, who is an ecologist at the Climate and Environmental Sciences Laboratory in Paris. According to the computer models, there is only a 20 percent chance that this tree is younger.
The findings suggest that this tree is older than the current record for the oldest tree. Methuselah is a 4853-year-old tree in the white mountains of California. Jonathan who led the research of Great Grandfather concluded that the tree could be as old as 5,484 years old!
Author: Sri Nihal Tammana
Source: Yale Environment 360
PC: Yiyo Zamorano via Wikimedia Commons